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New E-Petition Calls for York's Lendal Bridge Trial to be Ditched

Lendal Bridge

1:48pm 10th December 2013

A new e-petition's been launched calling for York's Lendal Bridge trial to be abandoned.

The call to the Department of Transport also wants all the fines paid out, around £600,000 so far to be refunded.

E-petitions can force MPs to debate an issue in the House of Commons but around 100,000 signatures need to be collected before they can be considered. As of Tuesday lunchtime, the Lendal Bridge e-petition has 317 signatures. So far around 26,000 people have been caught on the Lendal Bridge cameras, although the number fined will be lower because of appeals.

In a statement, Darren Richardson, director of City & Environmental Services at City of York Council, said:

“York is a fantastic city with much to offer and the aim of the Lendal Bridge 6-month trial is not to generate revenue, but to reduce traffic going over the bridge and through the city centre, as part of a long-term vision to create an even more attractive and thriving city centre for everyone. Doing nothing is not an option for York

“The purpose of the trial and consultation is to find out how this scheme affects all traffic movements around city, and how the trial affects drivers so we can learn from any issues (technical or otherwise) that may arise along the way, and we can be in the best position to decide if this scheme should be abandoned, extended or made permanent in some way.

“With regards to signage, a comprehensive and DfT compliant scheme was implemented to inform drivers of the Lendal Bridge restriction, including its timings and that it is to be enforced by cameras. All signage on and leading to Lendal Bridge are designed to the appropriate legal standards. There are over 65 signs, including AA advisory signs installed on the Inner Ring Road and key radials providing access into the city centre, both inside and outside of the Outer Ring Road.

“Following feedback from the public consultation the council has installed more signage directly in the Lendal Bridge area. Clearly we want to provide as much information as is realistic so we will be replacing some signage with much larger five square meter signs which will be installed on the routes leading to Lendal Bridge. Also following further feedback from visitors, the council will also be installing ‘Lendal Bridge’ signs adjacent to the bridge itself so we all know where the bridge is.   

“To further assist drivers, the council has recently launched a new online Journey Planner available at www.itravelyork.info that provides tailored transport options for journeys in and around York at a touch of a button. However, we urge all drivers to be aware of the signage, and a map showing the location of all 65 signs can be found at: www.york.gov.uk/citycentreimprovements .”

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